Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

LeBron knocked off the Celtics in the conference finals last season with sidekick Kyrie Irving.

Despite the fact that James saw success when Morris defended him on 55 possessions during the regular season, going 8-of-16 while drawing four shooting fouls and scoring 24 points in two games, the Celtics forward revealed that he has studied the tendencies of Kawhi Leonard and Lance Stephenson, both of whom have had some success in defending the King.

After a 2-9 start to his playoff career in New England, James has won his six straight postseason games on the road against the Celtics, a streak that began with his epic 45-point, 15-rebound performance in Game 6 for Miami in the 2012 conference finals.

The Eastern Conference Finals will once again be decided by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, but as likely as the match-up looked coming into the season, reaching this point has been anything but predictable. This series should be interesting and for the Celtics to pull of their biggest upset yet, Marcus Morris is the key player in my mind. "It's nothing against the defense or sometimes you're not tall enough to block his shot or things like that". You'd think it was over. We know he's going to make some insane plays. We gotta be mentally locked in and have a mindset to try and do the best we can. You've just got to play, [and] play to win. We weren't going to just let the teams come in and punk us. Golden State is bidding for a third title in four years, and the Rockets are an absurd 50-5 when Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela play in the same game. As will that crew of youngsters led by Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown.

"Personally, I think I'm probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi [Leonard]", said Morris. "We have a lot more bodies to take on that challenge". With 29 points on 12-for-19 shooting, LeBron James was the game's high scorer.

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James handling the ball even more isn't really a good thing for the Celtics - whenever one of the greatest basketball players in history has the ball in his hands, there's reason for concern.

The Boston Celtics will continue what has appeared to be an improbable playoff run as the No. 2 seed in the East. "Just worry about making plays for your teammates". He was then involved in almost every decisive play in the final minute of his team's Game 5 clincher against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Despite their raft of injuries, the Celtics still managed to take down the Philadelphia 76ers, thanks in large part to the coaching masterclass put on by head coach Brad Stevens. "I'm sure he'll talk to our players individually".

"I think a lot of our guys have been thrown into the fire". But, with the Cavs former superstar point guard in street clothes on the Celtics bench, this series becomes much more interesting.

"Physically, he is more superior than any guy that is on the floor", Brown said. One guy (is) going to have a tough time trying to stop LeBron James. "But at the same time, this team has figured out how to be the best version of themselves without him and LeBron's taken even more of a role". "He was getting to different places on the court", said Morris. It's definitely easier said than done, because I've heard it said again and again without any proof of execution.

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